Ayala Land develops six new nodes in Makati
Rosalinda L. Orosa (The Philippine Star) - August 25, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Ayala Land is pouring in an additional P65 billion in Makati’s development in the next five years. “What you have in Makati is a work and life balance,” says Mel Ignacio, assistant vice president of Ayala Land. The idea of work-and-life equilibrium also appeals to other Filipinos, which is why two years ago, via the Make It Happen, Make It Makati campaign, Ayala Land announced its plans to invest P60 billion in the development of six nodes in Makati. “We embarked on the development of six nodes because we wanted to cater to a broader market base.”

The goal was to create a premier environment not just for business. Makati, true to its being the leading city in the country, made it all happen. The vibrant and distinct nodes are: a Transport Hub that makes every destination in Makati fast and convenient, McKinley Exchange; a Lifestyle Cosmopolitan Hub where you can indulge in a wide range of shopping and dining experiences, Ayala Center; a Business Hub hosting the country’s movers and shaker and nurturing future leaders, Makati Central Business District; an Urban Oasis where people relax, connect, and converge, Ayala Triangle Gardens; a Young & Creative Hub where you can unleash your passion and creativity, City Gate; an Entertainment Hub where something amazing is always on, Circuit Makati.

Ayala Land will continue to invest in Makati to ensure it is fresh and relevant. Makati will have even more world-class developments, new spots, varied options and exciting events, all made possible by adding another P65 billion to the already committed P60 Billion in 2012.

Branded as the lifetyle cosmopolitan hub of Makati, Ayala Center currently offers an infinite array of shopping and dining options. Of late, the district has become even more mixed-use with the development of the three big hotels, Fairmont Hotel, Raffles Suites and Residences, Holiday Inn and Suites, and premier residences such as The Residences of Greenbelt, Park Terraces, and Garden Towers. The Residences at Greenbelt and Park Terraces are now fully sold while Garden Towers is already at 77 percent. As of today, The Residences at Greenbelt has about 2,800 residents living in Ayala Center, and the first residents of Park Terraces will be able to move in by March 2015.

The phase two of the Ayala Center redevelopment will start beyond 2015 and be a lot grander than phase one. This will comprise of an expansion of retail spaces, two brand new hotels including Ayala Land’s Seda, two office towers, and a public transit terminal. Moreover, Ayala Center will have a new business convention facility that will be at the heart of phase two. With a plan like this, it is apparent that Ayala Center will evolve to something much more exciting than what it currently offers.

Dubbed as the urban oasis of Makati, Ayala Triangle Gardens is where people come to celebrate and share experiences like the city’s two signature events Makati Independence Day and Christmas Lights and Sound Show. Its beautiful parks and open spaces are conducive to activities geared toward maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.

To add to this, Ayala Land has decided to develop the Northern Tip of Ayala Triangle Gardens and by the end of the year, ATG will be breaking ground for a new office tower, the new Mandarin Hotel, and more dining and retail options. Once completed, this will give Makati denizens an Ayala Triangle that can be enjoyed during both weekdays and weekends.

A new hub that broke ground just last week is City Gate, touted to be the young and creative hub of Makati. City Gate is a new mixed-use development envisioned to have a more creative edge to cater to the younger set that frequents this area. There will be office towers, retail, and Seda Suites but more excitingly, there will be a Civic Space that Ayala Land aims to accomplish vertically through a series of terraces.

The entertainment district of Makati, Circuit Makati, is a 22-hectare district perfect for the new generation who want their lifestyle of choice to closely intermingle with their work and social life.

The new developments mean another P65 billion infusion into the city at the end of five years.

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